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Grant Baldwin from The Speaker Lab podcast will be sharing speaking business tactics, tips, and strategies from his own experience, case studies, and interviewing the experts. Whether you're just getting started trying to get your first booking or you're a veteran speaker looking to build and grow your business, this is for you.

Grant has built a multiple six-figure per year business as a speaker having presented to over 500,000 people in over 450 paid speaking gigs. We'll talk about speaker marketing, working with speaker bureaus and agents, keynote speaking, building your platform, negotiating fees, social media marketing, networking, storytelling, humor, operating the business and so much more!

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Grant Baldwin from The Speaker Lab podcast will be sharing speaking business tactics, tips, and strategies from his own experience, case studies, and interviewing the experts. Whether you're just getting started trying to get your first booking or you're a veteran speaker looking to build and grow your business, this is for you.

Grant has built a multiple six-figure per year business as a speaker having presented to over 500,000 people in over 450 paid speaking gigs. We'll talk about speaker marketing, working with speaker bureaus and agents, keynote speaking, building your platform, negotiating fees, social media marketing, networking, storytelling, humor, operating the business and so much more!

    How to Work With Event Planners with Roy Cevallos

    How to Work With Event Planners with Roy Cevallos

    A great way to land more speaking gigs is through event planners, and here to tell us how to work with event planners is Roy Cevallos.
    Roy is an event planner and program manager for the Northwest Public Power Association. He works with a lot of speakers so we'll talk about what he looks for in new and existing speakers for his events, plus what things look like in this new, strange virtual world of speaking.
    Join us to hear all of that and more on episode 325 of The Speaker Lab.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: How can you be persistent without being annoying? Where does he find most of his new speakers? Why it's important to tap into your own network, and how to do it effectively. What is the biggest roadblock he's experienced with speakers? Why finishing your speech on time is critical. What is one thing you can do to make an event planner's job easier? How can you continue to evolve and polish your presentation? Are we going towards a hybrid of live and virtual events, even when the pandemic is over? And so much more! EPISODE RESOURCES Northwest Public Power Association's web site Roy Cevallos on LinkedIn Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

    • 36 min
    The Future of Live Events with Brandon Edmonson

    The Future of Live Events with Brandon Edmonson

    2020 was a year like no other so it's natural for speakers to wonder about the future of live events. And our guest for today's edition of The Speaker Lab is going to weigh in with his wisdom.
    Brandon is the Vice-President of Premiere Speakers Bureau and, prior to the pandemic, his job was to ensure their yearly 2,000 live events were all going off as planned. March of 2020 changed all of that and on today's show he shares what this year has been like at his agency. He also gives us his views on the future of live events and whether or not this is a good time to get into the speaking industry.
    Join us to hear the details on episode 324 of The Speaker Lab.
      THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: Where has he found pockets of business during the pandemic? What is the average difference in fees for virtual speaking versus live? Is virtual a real option for the long term? Why aren't keynotes working as well for virtual and what is? Will virtual be a live add-on for the future? How can you capitalize on virtual for more opportunities in the long-term? What factors influence virtual speaking fees and how can you ensure you're on the upper end? How soon does he think speaking events will be happening live again? And so much more!   EPISODE RESOURCES Premiere Speakers Bureau web site Brandon Edmonson on Twitter Brandon Edmonson on LinkedIn Episode 163 of The Speaker Lab Episode 242 of The Speaker Lab Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

    • 35 min
    Pivoting During a Pandemic with Karen Harris

    Pivoting During a Pandemic with Karen Harris

    Speaking has changed because of COVID-19 and here to share about pivoting during a pandemic is our friend and yours Karen Harris of CMI Management.
    Karen is a return guest, previously joining us on episode 210 of The Speaker Lab to share about speaking management. But today we're looking at how speaking has changed in light of the global pandemic, what the future holds and the differences between the speakers who are succeeding and those who aren't during this unprecedented time.
    Join us to hear those details and more on the 323rd edition of The Speaker Lab.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: How did they pivot hundreds of their events because of the pandemic? What was a catalyst for stronger movement in the industry? What are the big milestones that will make people more comfortable with in-person meetings? Does she think virtual speaking is here to stay? What are shifts speakers have made to be successful in this new environment? Why it pays to diversify your offerings. What areas are doing well right now and will continue to do so? How can speakers make virtual as impactful as possible? And so much more! EPISODE RESOURCES CMI Speaker Management web site Karen Harris on Twitter Episode 210 of The Speaker Lab Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

    • 33 min
    Scaling Your Speaking Business with Houston Kraft

    Scaling Your Speaking Business with Houston Kraft

    What does it look like if you're scaling your speaking business? Our guest today shares his journey from being a one-man show to scaling his speaking business beyond just himself.
    Houston Kraft is a speaker in the education world, as well as an author and the founder of Character Strong. On today's Awesome Health, he tells us how and why he started Character Strong along with the long-term implications of being a youth speaker in the education space.
    Listen in to hear all the details on episode 322 of The Speaker Lab!
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: How did he combine his interests and passions to find his speaking path? How do you start with what and who you know? What's the best way to find a need you can fulfill for your audiences? Why is this business a momentum business? What's the first thing to think about if you want to build a speaking business not dependent on you? The importance of boundaries when you're scaling your speaking business. Can you say yes to too many things? How your content can shift if you aren't the only one delivering it. And so much more! EPISODE RESOURCES Houston Kraft's web site Character Strong web site Houston Kraft on Twitter Houston Kraft on Instagram Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

    • 42 min
    How to Tell a Great Story and Help Audiences with Chris Field

    How to Tell a Great Story and Help Audiences with Chris Field

    How to tell a great story and help audiences are two of the strongest skills a speaker can have in their repetoire, and someone who knows full well how to do both is Chris Field.
    If you're a long-time listener of the show you'll remember Chris from a previous episode (123, which you can find here). But if you are new and/or haven't heard Chris before, he is a successful keynote speaker who founded a non-profit organization over a decade ago. With his background in that area, today he mainly speaks to associations and other non-profit groups.
    Creating and running his own non-profit gave him a sense of purpose and led him to the topic he mainly speaks about now: empowering audiences to disrupt for good, something he has been doing most of his life. In fact, being a disruptor has been such a notable part of his path that he wrote a book called Disrupt For Good.
    On today's episode of The Speaker Lab, Chris tells us why disruption can actually be a good thing, how the pandemic has shifted his business and how he made the adjustment, and why it's cool to be in several industries.
    Join us to hear that and more on the 321st edition of The Speaker Lab!
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: What to do if you have the potential, but need a plan. The three things you need if you want to be a successful speaker. How can you transition from telling a great story to helping audiences and solving problems? What's the difference between giving a good speech and disrupting and transforming audiences? How he leverages his credibility into additional speaking gigs. What advice does he have if you're feeling discouraged? Why is it important to continue to get your reps in? What is the best marketing for a great speaker early in their career? And so much more!  
    EPISODE RESOURCES Chris Field's web site Mercy Project web site Chris Field on Twitter Chris Field on Instagram Chris Field on Facebook Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

    • 38 min
    Changing Speaking Topics with Jessica Kriegel

    Changing Speaking Topics with Jessica Kriegel

    Is changing speaking topics a difficult transition? It can be done and here to tell us about the journey is Jessica Kriegel.
    Jessica is an author, leadership expert and speaker who is a researcher at heart. On today's episode of The Speaker Lab, Jessica tells us how and why she got into speaking, what it's been like changing speaking topics and her advice for people looking to make it in the speaking world.
    Join us to hear that and more on episode 320 of The Speaker Lab.
     
    THE FINER DETAILS OF THIS SHOW: What was the goal of writing her first book? Why did she seek out coaching to grow her speaking career? What does your online presence have to do with your speaking success? How did she translate her subject expertise into speaking topics and audiences? Can you work with people who are not in your target industries? Why you should consider doing your outreach yourself. Are there downsides to changing speaking topics? Do speaking bureaus do her marketing for her? And so much more! EPISODE RESOURCES Jessica Kriegel's web site Unfairly Labeled, by Jessica Kriegel Jessica Kriegel on Twitter Free Speaking Fee Calculator The Successful Speaker Booked and Paid To Speak program Got questions? Send them in here! Subscribe on iTunes, and leave us a rating or review

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Customer Reviews

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443 Ratings

Alan Stein ,

This show is an invaluable resource!

As a professional keynote speaker, this show is a remarkable tool to help me grow my business and master my craft! Grant does a phenomenal job!

jjsullivan4444 ,

Pivoting in a Pandemic

This was a wake-up call for me. I had hoped to start my speaking career on stage in front of live audiences, but it looks like I'm going to have to adapt to virtual gigs. That's OK. As a college professor who resisted teaching online courses and lost that battle, I learned to adapt and I have been teaching successfully online for more than ten years now. Great podcast!

duncan.hoss ,

Lots of great infromation

I have been listen to Grant for about 6 months. Most of the question I had about speaking is all answered in these informative podcasts. His book is also very informative.

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